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Joan Vanessa Eaton was born January 23, 1960, in Jackson, Tennessee to Mary Pack and Robert Douglas. Joan relocated to Boston, Mass when she was eight years old and eventually graduated from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. She is remembered as a wonderful sister who was always there to talk to and give advice about anything. Joan had a wonderful smile and a warm caring nature. An avid reader, she always enjoyed researching issues, especially concerning health, fitness, and wellness. She was a knowledge seeker and factfinder.
On July 1, 1984, Joan married the love of her life Kenneth C. Eaton and they continued to enjoy many years of companionship, devotion, laughter, and adventures as they shared their passions of travel, fishing, canoeing, or enjoying quiet time at home together. Some specific experiences they enjoyed included: helicopter rides, zip-lining, parasailing, and a hot air balloon flight, even though she was afraid of heights. Joan had a radiant smile and infectious laugh, but she never particularly liked taking pictures.
She enjoyed cooking and watching every cooking show she could find, shopping, and several reality TV shows like The Bachelorette, Family Feud, The Price is Right, and Jeopardy. Joan liked animal prints and loved flowers of all kinds.
Joan was always a hard worker and lifelong learner. She was very determined and if she ever wanted to do anything she would read about it and then go forward and accomplish her goals. After watching a medical television show, Joan realized that she had symptoms similar to those describing their challenges with ovarian cancer. She urged her doctors to test her specifically for this disease and it was discovered that she had stage 4 cancer. After a valiant 5-year battle, she lost her life to this dreadful disease.
Joan leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband Kenny, her mother Mary Pack, sisters Janice and Bonnie Pack, brother Ronny Reinford, Aunt Doretha Brown, Uncle Lawrence Pack, Uncle Kenneth Pack, and a host of other relatives and friends.